Gurus Double-Decker MkII and SexyDrive MkII review

A pair of boutique dirtboxes from the Italian amp and pedal maker bearing heady Marshall and Dumble vibes respectively

Gurus Double-Decker MkII and SexyDrive MkII
(Image: © Future)

Guitar World Verdict

The Double-Decker MkII is an excellent MIAB with a twist of originality while the Sexy Drive offers exceptional dynamic response and naturally transparent sounds from a simple format.


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    Two superb amp-in-a-box style overdrives.

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    Double-Decker has channel stacking and clipping options.

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    Sexydrive's Blend control is super-useful.


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    Might be hard to source in some locations.

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    Double-Decker is a lot of pedal, but at a price.

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Gurus is an Italian brand, founded in 2012 and headed by Chicco Bellini, that counts the likes of Steve Lukather, Joe Walsh and Adrian Belew among its users. 

The main thrust of the company has been to make new pedals inspired by classic gear such as its Echosex pedals, which replicate the vintage Italian Binson Echorec echoes. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.